64 images Created 17 Aug 2013
The Housatonic River photographs are an effort to explore and reflect on the river environment which I have lived near most of my life. This project started with photographing the upper east branch of the Housatonic, which runs through my backyard. I was drawn to this hidden ravine by the unexpected wildness, in a suburban setting, of the river and surrounding landscape. What quickly became apparent was that the industrial history of the river would play a part in this project. I found moss grown bricks, ceramics, glass and old pipes in the river bed among the stones and logs. The Housatonic had been utilized by industry for generations, and the river can be seen as a central element around which paper and woolen mills, communities and the cultural history of the river valley formed. What remains of the early industrial infrastructure are the substantial works - the foundations, dams and canals - which lie hidden among the tangled undergrowth of the river banks. There is an innate beauty in the way these aging relics are subsumed into the landscape. They interest me as a way of tracing the evolution of the man altered landscape, and its reflection of changing technologies and economies.